Veteran Pilot
Sees 10 Discs In Formation
From Frank Warren

Pilot Recalls Seeing Discs
The Oregonian
Thursday, July 3rd, 1947
More reports of "flying flapjacks" turned up Wednesday, one from no less than Dick Rankin, the brother of the late Tex Rankin, and himself an experienced pilot of more then 7000 hours flying time.
Rankin, who is recovering from an old back injury received in an automobile accident, came to Portland over the week end to spend the summer. He saw the silver saucers over Bakersfield, California June 23rd, while lying on the lawn sun bathing, he told the Oregonian.
"I hesitated to say much about them," Rankin said, "until I noticed all the hullaballoo in the papers. I puzzled over their strange shape for a while and finally concluded that they were the navy's new XFSU-1 flying flapjacks, which are thin and round, with twin propellers and a stubby tail.
Only One XFSU-1 Built
The navy and the manufacturer have announced that there was only one such machine built and that it never left Connecticut.
"These planes were flying high, maybe 9000 feet, and fairly fast, about 300 or 400 miles per hour. I first counted ten of them in formation, going north. About 2:15pm they returned on the reverse course, headed south. But there were only seven in the formation."
"They were not weaving or bobbing in formation, I couldn't make out the number or location of their propellers, and couldn't distinguish any wings or tail. They appeared almost round. They looked like the navy's flying flapjack," Rankin said.
Rankin, who plans to spend the summer here at 834 N. E. Simpson street is now able to resume a little flying for fun, but not commercially, he said. He now operates a string of auto courts, spending his winters at Palm Springs.
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